Robert Farquhar District Mock Trial Competition
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When: Friday, January 17, 2020
11:00 AM
Where: Montgomery County Courthouse
United States
Contact: Chris Albrektson
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Mock Trial Training 11:00am
First Trial Begins Noon

We Need YOUR Help Volunteering for The 2020 Robert Farquhar District Mock Trial Competition!

This year’s case will be Rory Maldonado v. Varga, et al., which asks students to examine the First Amendment right to free speech. This case focuses on if/when it is permissible for a school to restrict student speech.

A former Trillium High School student is suing the school and the principal, Blake Varga, for violating their First Amendment right to free speech. Rory Maldonado was a senior at Trillium in 2019 when they organized a demonstration centered around the individual right to gun ownership. Rory worked with another student to plan the demonstration which originally included a march from the high school to nearby PawPaw Park. After hearing talk of Rory’s demonstration and its supposed connection to a major food fight that took place, Principal Varga warned the school that any students participating in the demonstration would be suspended.

In an effort to remove the school from the demonstration plans, Rory canceled the march from the school and instead instructed everyone to meet directly at PawPaw Park. Rory went through with the demonstration and was subsequently suspended from all Senior Week activities and banned from walking at graduation. This case is the civil trial in which Rory Maldonado is suing the school and Principal Varga for a deprivation of rights.